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United Way's Day of Caring
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- No government shutdown was going to keep an army of volunteers from their mission today.
More than 1300 strong, the crowd gathered at the Hadji Shrine Temple this morning for their send off on a Day of Caring.
This is the 21st year that United Way of Escambia County has coordinated teams to go out into the community and commit to a day of making a difference.
These volunteers will put in hours of labor cleaning the yards of senior citizens, making repairs at non-profit facilities, giving a facelift to group homes and helping out at public schools.
It's estimated the volunteers will donate more than a quarter million dollars in time and services at 109 sites across the county.